Huisman builds 700mt Travelling Quayside Crane
The Schiedam-based industrial machinery manufacturer, Huisman, has built a 700mt Travelling Quayside Crane to better handle offshore wind turbine components. This is a result of increasing demand for rapid and efficient load out of turbine components.
The travelling quayside crane has a 700mt lifting capacity at a radius of 25m, a 57m long boom that is adjustable for other configurations, and a cabin ‘eye level’ at 33.5 metres above the quayside. Additionally, though the crane is designed to travel on a 16 metres track, it can be adapted to specific requirements. Also, the dual main hoist permits flexible rigging configurations replacing the use of an extensive portfolio of slings.
As opposed to the traditional use of crawler cranes, or tandem-lifting by several smaller cranes, which require a considerable amount of space, and for the vessel to be moored along the quay for a longer time, this 700mt crane allows for a significantly faster load-out process. The crane is able to bring most turbine components to any position in the hold of the majority of the vessels currently used for transporting turbines.
In addition to increasing turnaround time for vessels, increased efficiency leads to greater sustainability. The crane is also fully electric and connected to the quayside power grid. By allowing regenerative energy to be directed back to the grid, energy consumption is limited. It also results in reduced maintenance and noise.